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  May-June, 2013  

Alchemy Guild Bulletin


Chapter News

Greetings from Russia:

The Russian chapter headed by Tatiana Matveeva has diligently been working on translating the IAG website into Russian. Three articles are now completed.  Its last chapter meeting held in Moscow continued with ritual work in the hermetic and graeco-egyptian tradition of Ordo Aurum Solis. For information on this tradition, go to:

Alex Ponomarev of St. Petersburg has developed an alchemical rite for the Russian chapter meetings. After some practice, it may be made available to those interested in Spiritual Alchemy.  A new anthology of works of modern Russian poets has been published, “Three Dots of No Return.” There is a chapter by Tatiana Matveeva entitled, “On the Hills of Ogdoad,” which intertwines alchemical, hermetic and Jungian imagery, as well as Greek and Egyptian myths. Her opening poem, "21st Arcane of Tarot,” was inspired by conversations with Dennis W. Hauck about the alchemical imagery of Absinthe. 

Absinthe in my Veins/ 21st Arcane of Tarot

Between the Prague and Vienna

In the middle of the Path

In the star hour of the Resurrection, near the Maati scales

On the hills of Ogdoad, crowned in the Eleusine Mysteries,

I will dance for you just before the world ends.

The Wormwood Star is shining again,

Absinthe is like V.I.T.R.I.O.L.,

It will take the rust away from the people

By the fire of the Pythagorean school.


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Eclipses during May:

5/9: Solar Eclipse (New Moon) 19 degrees 31 minutes Taurus

5/25: Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) 4 degrees 08 minutes Gemini/Sagittarius

Solstice comes at 5:04 Universal Time on June 21, 2013


From Our Readers

by Roger Asterilla, President, Washington, D.C. Chapter

A question on the Alchemy Guild Yahoo Forum asking how members approach the study of reading a book brings back memories of college where we were required to read a book entitled, "How to Read a Book." When reading alchemical books, I believe it is important to know that the 'symbolic' presentation is a form of writing that is founded on a "vitalistic philosophy."

This philosophy is contrary to the "rational" form of thought (mechanistic philosophy) we have been conditioned to utilize. Therefore, when reading books on alchemy, and because of the existence of "puffers," it is important to distinguish between these forms of thought, or philosophies. The former indicates movement or motion, while the latter present static concepts. Thus, I always have to re-read the literature, and often more than twice!

I find it necessary to follow a singular line of thought, and through different curricula, if required, before I move on to another topic to expand my perception. Take, for example, the subject of alchemy itself.  From reading definitions of various authors regarding the meaning of alchemy, I eventually distilled it's meaning as it related to the process of 'transformation' to the science of motion and number.  This fundamental perception has allowed me to engage alchemical literature, regardless of how obscure, and gain insight into what is being said. Then I can concentrate on what I am not clear about, or my own "Cloud of Unknowing."

As alchemy encompasses every conceivable subject imaginable, it is also important to determine which aspect of alchemy you are drawn to, i.e.,







However, all of these aspects of alchemy are linked through 'analogy', which is a form of philosophic thought that is distinguished from scientific or religious thought.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.  - William James

  Did You Know?

OIL OF GOLD AND THREE KINGS, ELIXIRS OF LIFE, Its HISTORY AND USES, by Karen Bartlett, President, Northwest Alchemy Guild

PART 2 of 2

One of the requirements of alchemical preparations is that the mineral or ore must be “living”, that is, natural ore coming from the earth. The gold has to be in its natural state to be “alive” to still contain the essential “spirit” or “soul” of the element. Paracelsus tells us, “The Sulphur of the metals is an oiliness extracted from the metals themselves, endowed with very many virtues for the health of man.”

To make the metals medicinal the gold has to be purified from all impurities through laboratory methods and the Sulphur of the gold extracted, the oiliness. This is what contains its medicinal properties. More recently there has been a resurgence of interest in gold as a medicine, a revival in the Ormus movement or monotomic gold. This type of medicinal gold is different from the spagyric metallic gold oil in that it uses the gold naturally occurring in certain substances in nature and is not spagyrically prepared in the alchemical way, which is to separate the three essentials of the mineral, herb, or ore and purifying and perfecting it to its highest vibrational and physical level. The gold is stripped of its impurities and only the Sulphur or Oil or “Soul” of the gold is extracted and used as a medicine.

Alchemical processes create a bridge between the kingdoms enabling the metals and minerals to be utilized by the body as a medicine that would otherwise be toxic. Although there have been no modern clinical trials, spiritual and energetic benefits have been reported after taking a few drops of gold oil every few days, such as the opening of the chakras, clarity of mind and thought, vitality and improved memory. Miraculous cures such as Hepatitis C, for which there is no known cure, have been reported, as well as myocardial infarction, and a remission of AML. Robert Bartlett named this elixir, ASEM-F. In his book, Real Alchemy, Robert Allen Bartlett talks about Oil of Gold:

“Oil of Gold is considered to be a medicine of the highest order. It strengthens circulation as a heart tonic. It is generally strengthening to all systems and is also a good blood purifier and regenerative. It is a true universal medicine often referred to as Potable Gold and highly prized from ancient times.

“Oil of Gold has been used successfully for treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, cancer, syphilis, uraemia and multiple sclerosis. Mentally it is good for a weak will and strengthens ambition, courage, vitality and creativity.

“The smallest amount of Oil of Gold will strengthen any other herbal or mineral salt.”


A particularly powerful elixir is mixing gold with frankincense and myrrh, referred to in the Bible as the Three Kings.

“Behold there came wise men from the East…they saw the young child with Mary his Mother, and fell down and worshipped him, and…presented unto him gifts of gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”

However, long before its biblical reference the elixir was considered sacred and prepared for use in ceremonies and medicines. Frankincense is a resin obtained from the sap of the Boswell tree. The highest qualities come from Arabic countries.

Between 2000 and 3000 BC the Sabaeans exported frankincense to Egypt and later to the Parthian and Roman empires. It was mainly burnt as an aromatic. The Nubians chewed it for sore mouths. In the sixth century Discords mixed frankincense with leek juice to stop bleeding. Culpepper also recommended it to stop bleeding and to heal ulcers.

Frankincense and myrrh have similar properties. The Yoga of Herbs on Ayurveda states that myrrh is one of the most famous and ancient substances used for preventing decay, reversing the aging process and rejuvenating body and mind. It works specifically on the blood and female reproductive system. It dispels old and stagnant blood from the uterus and aids in new tissue growth. Myrrh catalyses healing and stops pain. In addition myrrh also helps dispel repressed emotions.

This concludes my outline of the uses of the Gold Oil and the Three Kings Oil. This is meant for informational purposes only. I do not prescribe or recommend ignoring the advice of a qualified Physician or Naturopathic doctor.

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.

Op Ed

AS THE WORLD TURNS by Paulette Dager-Harris

The Universe is constantly expanding and contracting, moving through its own alchemy.  As Above, so Below; thus, Earth, too, goes through its alchemical processes.

By aligning ourselves with the opportunities for change that flow into the Below from the Above, our personal alchemy unfolds naturally and becomes a matter of being in allowance of Universal assistance through conscious awareness.

From this viewpoint, I can see more clearly the dynamics of the microcosm and the macrocosm at play.

Alchemy is not "accelerating evolution." It is the way of evolution.  Anonymous Alchemist


The Wisdom of Humor

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